This poem was written for the wife of Kendall's mentor and friend J.Sheridan Moore (q.v.). Prior to her marriage, as Flora Harris, she had been a professional vocalist.
This poem appears to have remained unpublished until its inclusion in Reed (1966). Reed's source was the MS, then in his possession. According to Reed, Kendall referred to compositional issues he had with this poem in a letter to N.D. Stenhouse dated 7 February 1866, which suggests that it dates from about that date.
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First known date:yca.1866
yThe Poetical Works of Henry KendallHenry Kendall,
Thomas Thornton Reed
Adelaide:Libraries Board of South Australia,1966Z5714731966selected work poetry This critical edition includes 90 previously uncollected poems and collates manuscripts of the poems and their appearances in periodicals and newspapers during the poet's life-time. There are copious biographical and critical notes, indexes and a bibliography.Adelaide:Libraries Board of South Australia,1966